duha prayer

anonymous asked:

Salaam, greetings from Malaysia. I am 21yrs old. I need help. I just feel like i need to let this out before i go crazy and do something i might regret. Not many people know of this but im dealing with PTSD. I was assaulted by my uncles at the age of 5,13 and 16. It happened long time ago, but lately i've been getting flashbacks of what had happened and there are times i feel like im a dirty girl as i've been touched by men before.. and it sometimes make me wanna commit suicide.

Continuing from above, i really dont know what to do. As i know committing suicide is haram. I started reading Quran, after years… and i feel at peace. but the flashbacks wont stop and it scares me everytime. What should i do?

Alaikumassalam wa rahmatullah,

May God ease your condition. The best thing you could might be to seek medical help, it is possible that there are treatments that will work for you. The second thing to do is to read all of the books you can on PTSD. If you type PTSD on Amazon.com, many highly-rated books come up.

If you are looking for an Islamic solution, then it is to do sufficient worship so that you feel close to God, and so that the world stops feeling important to you. Pray the duha prayer (8 rakats done in the morning in units of 2, they can be done any time from 15 minutes after sunrise to 15 minutes before the duhr prayer) and also pray tahajjud (8 rakats done after isha and before fajr, in units of 2). It is good that you are reading Quran, you can start memorizing it and reciting what you memorize during your prayers. Spend 5-10 minutes after the duha and tahajjud prayers in supplication, asking for God’s help and guidance.

Do the above and everything else necessary to feel really close to God. You have a mission in life, similar to the way the Prophet, peace be upon him, had a mission. Your mission is to apply the Quran’s teachings as if the Quran was sent down specifically to you. Once you start to feel that you are an agent on a mission, then perhaps your PTSD will stop affecting you as severely as now. There were Muslims who were held in prison, suffering torture for years. Instead of losing hope, they used this as an opportunity to become closer to God.

Think of yourself as a prisoner and the PTSD as a form of torture. Instead of letting it control and own you, consider it a break in your day that will soon pass so that you can go back to your mission of living the Quran.

The above is of course easier said than done, and I do not know if they will help in your case, but it might be worth a try.

Living the Quran does not mean to dedicate every second to worship. It means to feel close to God and to feel that you are on a mission. You can still enjoy your hobbies and have fun, but you must do sufficient worship daily so that you never feel distant from God.

Reading Islamic books, such as biographies of great Muslims and other inspiring books may also help. It is not sufficient to worship, one must also always seek knowledge, through lectures or books. Maybe once you have learned much more about Islam you will be able to find a solution that works very well for you. There is no reason why you should let others know more about Islam than you do, seek knowledge until you have your own deep understanding of Islam.

When the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) finished his prayer late in the night, he would see if I was awake and he would talk to me. If I was sleeping, he would awaken me, and pray two rak'ahs, then he would lie down as long as the mu'adhdhin came to him and call him for the dawn prayer. Then he would pray two rak'ahs lightly and come out for prayer.
—  A'ishah (رضي الله عنها) [Reference: Sunan Abu Dawud, Book of Voluntary Prayers, Hadeeth no. 1262. Reported from Salim Abu An Nadr, from Abu Salamah (رضي الله عنه)]

Aishah (RadiAllahu anha) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to perform four Rak'ah of Duha prayer (at the forenoon) and would add to them whatever Allah wished.
[Muslim].Book 9, Hadith 1141

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

The correct view is that there is no maximum limit, because ‘Aa’ishah (RadiAllahu anha) said: The Prophet (ﷺ) used to pray Duha with four rak‘ahs, and however many more he wanted. Narrated by Muslim. And she did not mention any limit. If a person prayed forty rak‘ahs, for example, between the time when the sun reaches the height of a spear and just before the sun reaches its zenith, all of that would be included under the heading of Duha prayer.

End quote from ash-Sharh al-Mumti‘, 4/85

BASICS OF ISLAM : Salah ( Ritual Prayer in Islam ) :The Duha Prayer

556. Abu Hurayra, may Allah be pleased with him, said, 

“My friend, peace and blessings be upon him, ordered me to do three things: to fast three days every month, to do the two units of the Duha Prayer and to do the witr before sleeping.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, Sawm, 60; Sahih Muslim, Salatu’l-Musafirin, 85).

Annotation: Performing the Witr Prayer before going to sleep is to be practiced by those who cannot make sure whether they can get up for Tahajjud Prayer. Normally, it is more meritorious to get up in the night and offer the Witr after Tahajjud.

557. Abu Dharr, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, 

“When you get up in the morning, charity is due from every one of your joints. There is charity in every ascription of glory to Allah (Subhanallah); there is charity in every utterance of praise of Him (Alhamdulillah); there is charity in every declaration that He is the only true Allah (La ilaha illa’llah); there is charity in every declaration of His Greatness (Allahu Akbar); there is charity in enjoining good; there is charity in forbidding evil. Two units of Duha (Forenoon Prayer) is equal to all this (in reward).” (Sahih Muslim, Salatu’l-Musafirin, 84, Zakah, 56).

What are the daily, weekly and monthly acts of worship?

Firstly:

The topic of acts of worship and obedience is very broad, and there is not room to discuss it in full here.

The questioner may refer to the following books for details on this matter:

·  At-Targheeb wa’t-Tarheeb by Imam al-Mundhiri, along with Saheeh at-Targheeb wa’t-Tarheeb and Da‘eef at-Targheeb wa’t-Tarheeb by Shaykh al-Albaani, for information on the verdict on the soundness and weakness of the hadiths.  Riyaadh as-Saaliheen by Imam an-Nawawi, especially the section entitled Kitaab al-Fadaa’il.

Secondly:

The daily acts of worship include :

  • The five daily prayers and doing wudoo’ for them; 
  • Using the miswaak when doing wudoo’ and praying; 
  • Praying in congregation (jamaa‘ah); 
  • The regular Sunnah prayers, 
  • Duha prayer, 
  • Qiyaam al-layl (voluntary prayers at night); 
  • Witr prayer; 

The adhkaar for :

  1. Morning and evening; 
  2. Adhkaar to be recited by day and by night (when entering and leaving the home, 
  3. When entering and leaving the Masjid, 
  4. When entering and leaving the washroom, 
  5. When eating and drinking, 
  6. Following the prescribed prayers, and so on); 
  7. Repeating after the mu’adhdhin.

The weekly acts of worship include :

  • Jumu‘ah prayer; 
  • Reading Soorat al-Kahf on the night before Friday and on Friday; 
  • Sending a lot of blessings upon the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) on the night before Friday and on Friday; 
  • Fasting on Mondays and Thursdays.

Monthly acts of worship include :

  • Fasting three days of every month (and it is preferable for that to be on al-ayaam al-beed, i.e., the 13th, 14th and 15th of the Hijri month).

Annual or occasional acts of worship include: 

  • Fasting Ramadan; 
  • Praying Taraweeh in congregation in the mosque; 
  • Offering the Eid prayers;
  • Hajj for those who are able to do so; 
  • Giving zakaah for those for whom the conditions of it being obligatory are fulfilled;
  • Spending the last ten days of Ramadan in i‘tikaaf;
  • Fasting six days of Shawwaal;
  • Fasting ‘Ashoora’ and a day before it or after it;
  • Fasting the day of ‘Arafah; 
  • Doing a lot of good deeds in the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah.

There are also deeds that are not connected to a particular time, so they are prescribed at all times, including deeds of the heart as well as physical actions. 

These include: 

  • Offering voluntary prayers at times other than the times when praying is disallowed; 
  • Observing voluntary fasts; 
  • ‘Umrah; 
  • Remembering Allah (dhikr); 
  • Reading Qur’an; 
  • Sending blessings upon the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam); supplication (du‘aa’); 
  • Praying for forgiveness (istighfaar); 
  • Honouring one’s parents; 
  • Upholding ties of kinship; 
  • Giving charity; 
  • Spreading the greeting of salaam (peace) among the Muslims; 
  • Having a good attitude; 
  • Controlling one’s tongue; 
  • Loving Allah, fearing Him and putting one’s hopes in Him; 
  • Putting one’s trust in Him; 
  • Contentment; 
  • Certainty of faith; 
  • Seeking His help, may He be glorified and exalted.

And there are good deeds that are done for a reason, in which case it is prescribed to do them when that reason is present. 

These include: 

  • Visiting the sick; 
  • Attending funerals; 
  • Offering the funeral prayer; 
  • Offering condolences; 
  • Saying Yarhamuk Allah(may Allah bless you) to one who sneezes; 
  • Returning greetings of salaam; 
  • Accepting invitations; 
  • Praying istikhaarah; 
  • Offering the prayer of repentance (salaat at-tawbah); 
  • The eclipse prayer; 
  • Prayers for rain; 
  • Reconciling between disputing parties; 
  • Lowering the gaze; 
  • Refraining from harming others; 
  • Bearing annoyance and calamity with patience; and so on.

The salaf (early generations) liked to combine four acts of worship on one day, namely: 

  • Fasting, 
  • Feeding the poor (charity), 
  • Attending funerals and visiting the sick. 

The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said concerning these actions: 

“These qualities are not combined in a man but he will enter Paradise.

”Narrated by Muslim (1028).

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‏إنَّ اللهَ عزَّ و جلَّ يقول : يا ابنَ آدمَ . اكْفِني أولَ النهارِ بأربعِ ركعاتٍ ، أَكفِكَ بهنَّ آخرَ يومِك

Allāh says: O Son of Adam suffice Me with four units of prayer in the beginning of the morning (Duhā) and I will suffice you in your last day.

—  [Original Source: Saheeh at-Targheeb 671 (صحيح الترغيب), via Dr. Abdulillāh Lahmāmī Twitter]
Every one of you can perform an act of charity

Abu Dharr (radiAllaahu anhu) reported: The Prophet ﷺ said, 

“In the morning, charity is due on every joint bone of the body of everyone of you. Every utterance of Allaah’s Glorification (ie saying Subhaan Allaah) is an act of charity, and every utterance of His Praise (ie saying Al-hamdu lillaah) is an act of charity and every utterance of declaration of His Greatness (ie saying La ilaaha illallaah) is an act of charity; and enjoining M'aruf (good) is an act of charity, and forbidding Munkar (evil) is an act of charity, and two Rak'ah Duha prayers which one performs in the forenoon is equal to all this (in reward)." 

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[Muslim]. Taken from Riyad-us-Saaliheen, complied by Ad-Dimashqi, volume 2, pages 875-876.

Ramadan Prep: Fasting in Sha'baan

‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: 

“The Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allaah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha’baan.” (al-Bukhari, 1833; Muslim, 1956)

Ibn Rajab (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“Fasting in Sha’baan is better than fasting in the Sacred Months, and the best of voluntary fasts are those that are (observed in the months) closest to Ramadan, before or after. The status of these fasts is like that of al-Sunan al-Rawaatib (the 12 sunan prayers about which the Prophet said would guarantee a house in Jannah for the one who read them) which are done before and after fard (obligatory prayers) and which make up for any shortfall in the number of obligatory prayers. The same applies to fasts observed before and after Ramadan. Just as al-Sunan al-Rawaatib are better than other kinds of voluntary prayers, so fasts observed (in the months) before and after Ramadan are better than fasts at other times.

Some of the recommended days to fast: 

Mondays and Thursdays, as the Prophet Muhammad would fast these days. 

It is also mustahabb (recommended) to fast three days each month, any three whether consecutively or not, but especially the 13th, 14th and 15th of the month which are known ayyam al-beed (the white days), due the moon being full on these three nights. 

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: My close friend [the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) ] advised me to do three things which I will not give up until I die: fasting three days of each month, praying Duha (the voluntary forenoon prayer) and going to sleep after Witr (the odd prayer). (al-Bukhari and Muslim)

It was narrated that Abu Dharr said: The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said to me: “If you fast any part of the month, then fast the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth.” (at-Tirmidhi)

This year, for the month of Sha'ban, Ayaam al beed falls upon Wednesday 11th, Thurs 12th and Friday the 13th of June 2014 (according to London timings). 

In the morning, charity is due on every joint bone of the body of everyone of you. Every utterance of Allah’s glorification (i.e. saying Subhan Allah) is an act of charity, and every utterance of His praise is (saying Alhamdulillah) is an act of charity and every utterance of declaration of His Greatness (i.e. saying La ilaha illAllah) is an act of charity, and enjoining Ma’ruf (good) is an act of charity, and forbidding Munkar (evil) is an act of charity, and two Rak’ah Duha prayers which one performs in the forenoon is equal to all this (in reward).
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The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

Reported by Abu Dharr
(Radi allāhu’ anhū)

[Muslim - Riyad us Saliheen Chapter 206, 1140]

Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “In the morning, charity is due on every joint bone of the body of everyone of you. Every utterance of Allah’s Glorification (i.e., saying Subhan Allah) is an act of charity, and every utterance of His Praise (i.e., saying Al-hamdu lillah) is an act of charity and every utterance of declaration of His Greatness (i.e., saying La ilaha illAllah) is an act of charity; and enjoining M`aruf (good) is an act of charity, and forbidding Munkar (evil) is an act of charity, and two Rak`ah Duha prayers which one performs in the forenoon is equal to all this (in reward).’‘ 

[Sahih Muslim, Book 004, Number 1557]

Narrated Abu Hurairah radi Allaahu ‘anhu:

My friend (the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم) advised me to observe three things and I shall not leave them till I die: (1) To observe Saum (fast) three days every (lunar) month, (2) to offer the Duha prayer; (3) and to offer Witr before sleeping.

{Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadeeth No. 1178}